The Shobe Prize was an annual competition generously sponsored by HCDE alumnus and startup entrepreneur, Matt Shobe, from 2011-2015.
Student teams pitched ideas for innovative technology systems or products, and Matt Shobe and his panel of judges selected up to two winning teams to receive the Prize each year—including $10,000 in startup funding ($5,000 for two teams); office space; and one-on-one mentorship from faculty and industry professionals. By the end of the year, the teams had a functional prototype and a refined sales pitch.
About Matt Shobe
Matt Shobe, Human Centered Design & Engineering alumnus, graduated with a Master's of Science in Technical Communication from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering in 1996. Matt has served as a mentor to Seattle-area startups through the TechStars and Startup Weekend programs.